In the weeks since the Olympic men’s hockey rosters were announced in January, and the Blues and Chicago tied for the most NHL players selected to represent their countries with 10, there has been unlimited discussion on what the distinction means.
A group photo of the Olympians can be turned into a snazzy photo, such as the one the Blues gave fans Tuesday at Scottrade Center, but it doesn’t guarantee a similar photo with the Stanley Cup at the end of the season.

“The thing that’s exciting as an organization, or for the manager of the hockey department, is that we’ve gotten all of those players different ways,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, who will assist Team Canada’s management in Russia. “Not all have come through trades or all through drafting. It shows that our pro and amateur scouting staffs are doing their jobs.

“I think to have a solid organization, you have to be good in every area, and I think in the scouting area we do have guys that are evaluating the talent properly on trades and we have guys evaluating the talent properly for the entry draft.”

Of the Blues’ 10 players chosen by their countries for this year’s Olympics, half were acquired via trades and the other half through the draft.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jay Bouwmeester, Alexander Steen, Jaroslav Halak and Vladimir Sobotka were brought in from other organizations, while David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each came up through the Blues’ system.